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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 12, 2009 10:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

first I will apologize in that I do not want anyone to upload any copyrighted film to IA. HOWEVER, neither prevent a film being uploaded because the CHARACTER is TM or COPYRIGHTED like Captian America.

A couple posts suggested PD fo X-9 but were corrected that Dashiel Hammlet owns the rights. However, I found no evidence from the film nor the strips. And Video-cellar has again corrected the idea.

1. NOW explain the difference between, superman, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon etc. copyrighted and TM chacters and X-9 serial.
2. What does the termination date:

Registration Number Not Verified: AA151784 (1934) Termination effective 12Oct92.
Title: Secret agent X-9 / By Dashiell Hammett. AA151784 (1934) Termination effective 12Oct92.
Notes: Notice of termination of grant under 17 U.S.C. sec. 304; date and manner of service of the notice: 8Oct90 by first class mail.

I am not trying to argue but understand my friend.

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Poster: quigs Date: Sep 12, 2009 5:27pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

SOOOOOOOOOOOO does that mean we get to see it or not?

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Sep 13, 2009 10:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

it has to be proven that it is in public domain first before anyone can post it.

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Poster: quigs Date: Sep 13, 2009 1:58pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

Okay, that makes sense.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Sep 12, 2009 6:13pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Secret agent X-9 Public Domain

I think that the main difference is that the copyrights in one Dick Tracy and one Flash Gordon serial and 17 Superman Cartooons and One TV episode were not renewed. The Copyright in the Secret Agent X-9 Serials was renewed.

Essentially, the literary estates involved in the other works (the estates of the Superman creaters, Siegel and Shuster, are currently working through a Section 304 termination which is going through the courts) have the right to control the public domain derivative works if they choose to. It appears that the current rights owners or agents don't want to or can't afford to. An original copyright work can be used to keep an otherwise PD work in check no matter how little (Its a Wonderful Life) or large (Charade) the similarities between the film and source story are.